March 15, 2018

Message to the Members

Delivering New Content to Members

As I mentioned in the last issue, the Division's council held a strategic planning session in the fall. We're excited about the products and services we've implemented or will implement as a result of that meeting.

Barring Disaster: A Law School Survival Guide is our newly launched blog. Geared toward law students, this blog explores careers in the public sector, as well as law school tips and tricks such as how to best study for finals, find a mentor and land an internship.

We are expanding our career-related podcast offerings, called "Compelling Conversations with Colleagues." Upcoming podcasts include one featuring a JAG attorney and another featuring an Assistant United States Attorney. These podcasts can be found on our homepage (see the module "New Podcasts") and also on Apple's podcast app (search for ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division).   

Because many members want the ABA to "make me a better lawyer," we will hold a skills conference in the fall of 2018. Taking place in Washington D.C., it will feature sessions on deposition skills, negotiations, public speaking and writing skills. This conference is a great opportunity to learn or brush up on skills that they didn’t teach in law school. The conference will be interactive - attendees will have the opportunity to practice their skills under the guidance of our experts. Watch this newsletter for information about registration and save the date: Friday, October 26, 2018.  

We created the hashtag #govtlawjobs on Twitter solely for public lawyer job openings. Not on Twitter or not following us? It's easy enough to join and follow us @GPSLD.

Do you have any ideas? Would you like to become more involved? We warmly welcome your active participation and ideas!

We would love to have more writers for the blog. Do you have some special insight or advice that would benefit law students? Is there one thing you wished you had known in law school? If so, write it up and send it to Katherine Mikkelson at katherine.mikkelson@americanbar.org. And don't worry if you have just a quick observation - posts can be short, between 100 and 500 words.

If you'd like to be featured on one of our podcasts, let Katherine know. You can do the podcast from your desk during your lunch hour and prep time is negligible. If you listen to the podcasts and like them, feel free to leave a review. It takes about 5 seconds to do. Also, if you have ideas for other podcast topics, we would love to hear them. Please send to Katherine at the address above. Thank you!